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Trump Jr. emails bring more scrutiny to Trump-Russia contacts

  • 9:45 pm Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The admission by President Donald Trump’s oldest son that a June 2016 meeting between top Trump campaign officials and a “Russian government attorney” was focused on possible dirt on Hillary Clinton, added new fuel to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, as Democrats swiftly called for Donald Trump Jr. and others to testify in public about the meeting, and any other Russian contacts.

The email to Trump Jr. promised information that would “very useful” to Mr. Trump in his campaign against Clinton, as it provided some of the first direct evidence of Russian contacts by a top official [More]

Emails show Trump’s son welcomed Russian information to “incriminate Hillary”

  • 11:24 am Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 by Staff Writer

In an email sent before a June 2016 meeting with a “Russian government attorney,” President Donald Trump’s oldest son welcomed the possibility of getting opposition research on Hillary Clinton during the campaign for President, as he was offered “some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”

Donald Trump Jr.’s response was one of clear interest – “if it’s what you say I love it,” he replied.

The emails were released by the President’s son, just as the New York Times was getting ready to publish them on Tuesday [More]

Not just health care – GOP struggles on basic budget outline

  • 7:53 am Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Overshadowed by the ongoing legislative machinations involving GOP efforts to overhaul the Obama health law, Republicans in Congress are also struggling to approve a budget blueprint for 2018, a document that not only sets the table for next year’s spending bills, but which would also authorize use of expedited procedures for a major tax reform bill backed by President Donald Trump.

Republicans had hoped to push the “budget resolution” through the House Budget Committee during the last week of June, but that ran aground amid an internal GOP dispute over restraints on mandatory spending.

Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), the chair of [More]

Senate returns to work as GOP searches again for health care deal

  • 3:24 pm Monday, July 10th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The U.S. Senate reconvened after a ten day break with Republican Senators still at odds with each other over how best to push through a bill to overhaul the Obama health law, with the White House pressing GOP Senators to stick together, as the Senate Majority Leader arguing the system has been “hurtling toward collapse for years.”

“Too many seem to have forgotten that even more people will be hurt if the Obamacare status quo is allowed to continue,” Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said as he opened the Senate.

“Today it sits on the edge of total meltdown,” McConnell said. “Unless [More]

Trump urges action on health care as Congress returns for July session

  • 8:03 pm Sunday, July 9th, 2017 by Staff Writer

President Donald Trump on Sunday and Monday sounded a renewed call for action by Congress to overhaul the Obama health law, even as GOP Senators raised more red flags about whether Republicans can even come to an agreement on a health care bill, as there was little evidence that a ten day break had broken the ice on the issue, which has left Republicans in Congress – and the President – frustrated at the lack of final action.

“I listened as Republicans pushed the Repeal and Replace of ObamaCare,” the President tweeted on Sunday afternoon. “Now they finally have their [More]

Congress faces time squeeze before taking extended summer break

  • 6:00 am Sunday, July 9th, 2017 by Staff Writer

As the U.S. House and Senate return to legislative work on Capitol Hill this week, GOP leaders in the Congress must make some important decisions on what should top the agenda over the next few weeks, as lawmakers are scheduled to be at work for the rest of July, and then leave Washington, D.C. for a summer break that extends until Labor Day.

Worried about leaving town with so many major legislative items unresolved, some Republicans have asked leaders in the House and Senate to change the legislative schedule, and do away with all or part of the scheduled “August Recess,” [More]

House spending bill blocks individual mandate, some IRS tax enforcement

  • 6:00 am Saturday, July 8th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A House spending bill that funds the Internal Revenue Service would not only block the IRS from issuing penalties over the ‘individual mandate’ that requires people to buy health insurance under the Obama health law, but the fine print also prevents the tax agency from fully cracking down on some questionable tax shelters, and from clarifying how taxpayers deal with certain complicated situations involving federal inheritance taxes.

The restrictions come under the headline of “None of the funds” – a powerful tool employed by the Congress to block the Executive Branch from using money to enforce certain policies.

The big headline from [More]

What Not To Wear – Speaker’s Lobby edition

  • 10:49 am Friday, July 7th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A story about the dress code requirements for the Speaker’s Lobby off the floor of the U.S. House quickly spiraled into political finger pointing late this week, as many people who don’t work in the halls of Congress were surprised to know that male and female reporters must follow certain standards of dress in one particular area of the Capitol.

And for many on Twitter and other social media, there was outrage.

“Women with bare shoulders banned from House Speaker’s Lobby,” blared one headline.

“Paul Ryan imposing bizarre dress code on women,” one person fumed on Twitter, as a Democrat who is running [More]

McConnell signals possible fallback plan if GOP health bill fails

  • 9:34 pm Thursday, July 6th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that if a Republican plan to overhaul the Obama health law remains short of votes in the Senate, then lawmakers in Congress must still push ahead with separate plans to stabilize health insurance markets in the United States.

“If my side is unable to agree on an adequate replacement, then some kind of action with regard to the private health insurance market must occur,” McConnell said at a Rotary Club lunch in Glasgow, Kentucky.

“No action is not an alternative,” the Senate Majority Leader added in his remarks. “We’ve got the insurance markets imploding all [More]

Ethics chief who clashed with Trump Administration to leave post

  • 1:27 pm Thursday, July 6th, 2017 by Staff Writer

The head of a little known federal agency that deals with ethics matters for the Executive Branch of the federal government turned in his resignation on Thursday, leaving his post early after months of skirmishes with the Trump Administration over how President Donald Trump should deal with ethics questions and his family businesses.

Walter Schaub, who headed the Office of Government Ethics, gave no explanation in a short letter of resignation as to why he was leaving his job before his five year term expired in 2018. He will join the Campaign Legal Center, a non-profit group that deals with [More]

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